22 March 2018
Our 175 Concert at Cadogan Hall in London shared the joy of music with the whole Woldingham community – girls, parents, alumnae, staff and governors. Huge thanks are due to Director of Music, John Hargreaves, and the music department for masterminding such a spectacular event.
A first half of the programme included music from opera, the concert hall, film, the church, and musical theatre and showcased Woldingham’s main ensembles and choirs, as well as extraordinary soloist talent.
After the interval, the massed choirs of students, parents, alumnae and friends sang Vivaldi’s Gloria, which included more beautiful solos and duets by students. The programme described this as a piece ‘in the radiant key of D Major’ and its effect was spine-tingling.
A true celebration of all things musical was brought to a conclusion by an uplifting performance of ‘Joyful Joyful’ that perfectly encapsulated the evening.
That the event will live long in the memory of performers and audience alike is borne out by the comments received:
‘Last night will stay with me and remain as one of my highlights at Woldingham for many years to come, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity!’ Sophie Donohoe, Soloist, Upper Sixth
‘It was a privilege to perform in a professional venue for such special occasion. Most importantly, I think we must all appreciate the amount of work that was put into it.’ Maya Suen, Musician and Music Ribbon, Upper Sixth
'After all the practice and preparation, it was such a joy for us all to come together at Cadogan Hall and put on a truly delightful performance. It was an experience that I shall cherish for a very long time.' Rachel Oyawale, Soloist and Head Girl, Upper Sixth
‘I was so impressed with the high standard from the Woldingham girls and they were a big inspiration to my daughters.’ Guest